ASI Note: Noah’s ark and the Ark of the Covenant are making the news lately. This is part of a series in Baptist Press about a trip made in search of Noah’s Ark. The article does NOT necessarily reflect the viewpoints of Anchor Stone International, it’s reproduced for information purposes only.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Few Old Testament stories capture the imagination like Noah’s Ark. Many of us have heard the story since we were children.Â Fascination with the possibility of actually finding the Ark’s remains has inspired expeditions to the Mt. Ararat region of Turkey for generations — especially since 1949, when aerial photographs revealed a remarkable boat-shaped “anomaly” on the peak.
Mt. Ararat rises 17,000 feet above the region in eastern Turkey where the Bible says Noah’s Ark came to rest after the great flood that covered the earth. Expeditions in search of the Ark’s remains have focused on an ice-bound “anomaly” at 15,500 feet and a controversial site at 7,000 feet. Photo by Chuck Hughes
While no one has proven conclusively that the Ark has been found, enough tantalizing evidence has been gathered to sustain interest and persuade many that the Ark’s remains do indeed still exist.
In the fall of 2004, Baptist Press took advantage of an opportunity to send two journalists — Tom Engleman of Atlanta and Chuck Hughes of Baltimore — to Turkey in order to document the continuing search for Noah’s Ark. What follows is an account of their journey, supplemented by perspectives from Timothy Pierce, professor of Old Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and an array of sidelights, including glimpses into Ark expeditions conducted by one of the best known and most controversial of the searchers, the late Ron Wyatt of Madison, Tenn.
Originally published at http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?ID=20901